Our intern Kyle found this great article on Smashing Magazine, giving a different view on cover letter advice – this time straight from the company’s mouth. Here’s the down & dirty version:
- Don’t Be Generic – really, we know when you’re cutting and pasting.
- No Sirs or Madams! – the last person who called me madam is still recovering.
- Really? You’re Real? – show some personality!
- You’ve Got 20 Seconds … Short and Sweet – respect the hiring manager’s time.
- Give Your Best Examples – don’t give ALL your work examples, see above.
- If You Get Instructions, Follow Them! - Look for questions in the job description and then answer them!
- Let Them Know How To Contact You – believe me, if it’s not easy to get in touch with you, they’ll get in touch with someone else.
- Don’t Let Spelling and Grammar Mistakes Bury You – the easiest way to take yourself out of the running for the job.
- Don’t Look Desperate – even if you’re on your last Starbucks credit, make them think you’re a rock star.
- Know The Company – really, they love to hear about themselves. Get into the employer’s state of mind.
- Set an Appropriate Tone – the tone of your letter should match that of the company.